Well. This race was, um, not my finest. In fact, I was 2 seconds slower this year than last year. But, I have a good reason, I suppose.
I MISSED the start of the race.
WHAT???? You read that correctly. I was just chillin', watching some kids play on this awesome bubblewrap spread when I heard the starting gun. What the #&*(!&??? According to my watch, I had about 7 minutes until the 8:50am start time. Well, apparently the race people perhaps got too anxious and started early? In a confused daze I asked some random dude with a bib number if this was the start to the 5K run and he said "it's for everything--the run and walk." Crap! I sprinted over the starting mat, fumbling to get my iPhone tunes working and dodging the walkers that I had started with. I looked up ahead on the hill and saw that I was waaaaaaaaay far behind the starter runners. Double crap! To make up for lost time I was weaving around people like a freaking maniac, but I never really got my stride. There was no stretching time, or even time to just gather my thoughts/wits/guts, just GO time. And I was not in the zone.
|Kids running on bubblewrap. My distraction apparently.|
Ugh. At least it didn't rain, right? Yeah. I knew somethings were just not going well when I got up this morning. My stomach was not feeling very good and I was overcome with just a "blah" feeling. A little bummed that Travis and Goober weren't going to join me, of course. And, if you've run with me before, you may know that I never need to use the restroom hardly ever during a race or before a race. Well, I needed the restroom before this race. Bad omen much?
Oh well. I got my 5K on. And I somehow managed a decent placing. Next year I'm bringing a friend, or two!
Mileage - 3.1
Time - 25:35
Overall - 50 out of 654
Division Place - 3 out of 53 (F25-29)
Sex Place - 14 out of 421
Pace - 8:15
|Post-race. The only pic I'll probably have of this race.|